This post is part of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, wherein participants blog throughout the month according to the letters of the alphabet. For more on the challenge, click here.
Note: If anyone wondered, I tagged the blog as having adult content due to a few factors: one, strong language; two, the possibility that excerpts I post may have graphic descriptions of sex or violence and therefore unappealing to some readers. Never fear, though, I’ll be sure to warn y’all if a post of that nature comes up! In the meantime, feel free to read on!
Cheers and happy ABC’ing,
Psychology is a fun subject, at least for me. I studied behavioural science for three years, and often get a blank look when I tell people that. When I explain that it’s derived from the behavioural modification school of psychology, though, people usually understand a bit more.
As writers, though, regardless of educational background, we have to get into our characters’ heads. I find it amusing that readers look at us sideways when we talk about our characters like real people. They want to read authentic characters, don’t they?
For H(A)UNTED, Darcy may be the narrator, but she’s not the only person whose motives I have to understand. I have to think about Gage, about Noah, even about Eliza, Beatrice, Jack, and other long-dead characters. What choices did they make that led to a ghost story with enough potency to bring Darcy around to check it out a hundred years later? What’s keeping them from a restful afterlife? And the present-day characters—why is Noah, a retired cop, content to work as a bartender in his hometown? Why isn’t Darcy worried about this ghost? What’s happened in Gage’s past that he feels the need to question Darcy’s reason for spending time with him? Figuring this stuff out is enough to give anyone a headache, but I’m hopeful that it’ll pay off in the form of a good story.
… In the meantime, I’m just wondering what I’ve gotten myself into and spend a lot of time muttering to myself and facepalming.